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UAB falls on the road to East Carolina, 74-61

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© UAB head coach Jarod Haase saw his team's hot three-point shooting go cold in the loss at East Carolina Wednesday night. (abc3340.com) © UAB head coach Jarod Haase saw his team's hot three-point shooting go cold in the loss at East Carolina Wednesday night. (abc3340.com)

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Maurice Kemp scored more than 20 points for the third straight game and East Carolina cooled Alabama-Birmingham's previously red-hot 3-point shooting in a 74-61, Conference USA victory Wednesday night.

Kemp scored 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting and made 8 of 8 free-throw attempts for the Pirates (14-9, 5-5), who had dropped three of their past four.

Akeem Richmond added 15 points, Ty Armstrong 12 and Miguel Paul 11 with 11 assists.UAB (11-14, 3-7) was coming off a season-best 9-of-16 shooting performance from 3-point range against Marshall, but hit just 2 of 16 from deep Wednesday.

Forward Rod Rucker led the way with 14 points, but none of the Blazers' guards reached double figures.

East Carolina also beat UAB 91-85 on Jan. 23.The Pirates, ranked eighth nationally, averaging 17.1 assists, had 16 helpers. UAB entered ranked 10th with 16.7 assists per game, and had 15 Wednesday.

Conference USA Standings

TEAMCONF W-LTOTAL W-L
#25 Memphis 9-0 20-3
UCF 7-2 17-6
Southern Miss 7-2 18-6
UTEP 6-3 13-9
East Carolina 5-5 14-9
Tulsa 5-5 13-11
Tulane 4-5 16-8
Marshall 4-6 11-14
Houston 3-6 14-8
Southern Methodist 3-7 13-12
UAB 3-7 11-14
Rice 1-9 5-19
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